• We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

      (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
      Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM

       

      Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

      Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.
      Sale 2268 | Lot 131
      Price Realized: $72,000With Buyer's Premium
      Show Hammer Price
      • Click Image To Enlarge

      • Sale 2268 Lot 131

        ALMA THOMAS (1891 - 1978)
        March on Washington.

        Oil on canvas, 1964. 762x990 mm; 30x39 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right recto. Signed and inscribed with the artist's 15th Street address in pencil, upper right verso.

        Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private Washington, DC collection.

        Illustrated: Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective of the Paintings, pl. 15, p. 86.

        This important Civil Rights painting is one of Alma Thomas's few representative works from the early 1960s. Thomas incorporates her 1960s bright palette of primary colors with a flattened, abstracted view of the crowds and their placards. She participated in the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, which clearly made a lasting impression, as she returned to figuration to record the historical event in her work. The painting did not travel to her 1998 Fort Wayne Museum of Art retrospective, but it was included and illustrated in the Pomegranate catalogue. Gibson p. 43.

        Estimate $30,000 - 50,000


        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $72,000

        Share